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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. Koala-T

    Koala-T Senior member

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    This picture is obviously quite different form the problem I was trying to solve, but I think it's related. It's low contrast and high contrast at the same time, and it looks fantastic, almost textbook on how to wear dark shirts in a CM (in this case more casual) setting. I love it.

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  2. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    I think that looks terrible. Polo shirt with a sport coat? Dark blue jacket over a dark blue shirt? No way.
     
  3. rms340

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    Since y'all are talking about dark shirts - this is my favorite:

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  4. CaptainTohm

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    I wear polos with jackets on occasion. Summer is hot in Kentucky, but I enjoy my jackets to much to wear them less often in the summer. I find the polo/jacket combo to be a nice compromise, although it may not be the most sartorially correct choice. I also think that long sleeved polos or rugbys can look very nice under an odd jacket.
     
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    An example of the long sleeved polo being pulled off, via the Die Workwear blog.
     
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  6. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    I can't disagree with anything you wrote. For me though, a polo is the absolute lowest level of formality. When it's hot as heck, I'll wear one with shorts, or thin cotton khakis. But if a jacket is called for, I'd wear a thin white cotton dress shirt with the cuffs undone and my cream linen jacket. Polo with a jacket just seems very "socks-and-sandals" to me. I will absolutely concede though that the guy in that pic you posted is rocking his outfit. :slayer:
     
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  7. rms340

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    Quick question to the wiser posters,

    There's been a lot of talk regarding the styleforum/Panta release. With the price drop to $75, I'm absolutely going to get in on that action.

    I have never owned a madder tie before, and my tie collection right now is very lean (grenadines, knits, a couple dots and stripes in navy and burgundy), what swatch would you recommend for maximum versatility? I like all of them quite a bit and I'm having a hard time deciding. I'll be wearing it primarily with odd jackets.
     
  9. ericgereghty

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    I can tolerate t shirts (v-necks) for extremely casual looks, a la shorts w/boat shoes or sneakers, but I loathe sandals with every fiber of my being!
     
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  10. venividivicibj

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    Don't like the dark shirt (might like it with a different jacket, but not one that has the ~same color as the shirt. I do like the shoes.
     
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  11. MrTRC

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    Am i the only one who finds the very stark contrast of cream/ oatmeal/ very light tan pents very jarring with navy/dark colours up top. For e.g whilst i find mid-grey flannels invaluable, i find light-grey flannels less so. I prefer the much lighter-colour trousers with mid/lighter jacket colours e.g tan/mid-blue or blue (not navy jackets), lighter shades of brown etc.

    Just me then? I thought so[​IMG]
     
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  12. heldentenor

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    I think the two rust swatches are the most versatile in color and tone. If you're more formal with your odd jackets and/or think you might wear these with suits as well, A13 is the better option. If you like tweeds, denim, and generally more rustic and/or casual fits, I'd go with B12.
     
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  13. EliodA

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    No, you're not the only one. The biggest problem with EFV's fit above is that the dark expanse of shirt and jacket quite literally highlights his trousers, so you find yourself involuntary staring at his crotch... With Maomao's pic it's a bit less, because he wears his jacket not so open.
    But in general I avoid too much contrast between top and bottom because it cuts one visually in half. Not desirable if you are as short as I am.
     
  14. venividivicibj

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    Or at least don't have double darks up top.
     
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  15. archibaldleach

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    Not just you, but I do disagree. For me, light grey flannels are every bit as useful as medium grey flannels. I also have no issue with white / cream trousers with a navy jacket. It's a great look IMO (though I should note that the blue jackets I wear most often in summer are more of a RAF blue than navy, though this is more because I think summer is a good opportunity to wear lighter colors in general).
     
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    Archibaldleach, the Navy Jacket (particularly, the DB reefer) with cream trew is of course canonical. But is it one of those were standards trump aesthetics? I have never liked the look. I much prefer RAF/lighter-than-navy et al of course and which is why i have often rolled my eyes at the navy blazer being the numero uno OJ. For me, a lighter-than-navy is more ideal with a range of trews. Have you ever looked at a navy flannel jacket(ing) in the flesh? It is a very underwhelming thing.

    I just find much starkness between top and bottom often inharmonious and draws a lot of attention to the hips. I like light-grey flannel (owning two pairs and i have three pairs of the 'oatmeal fox flannel'. Lovely all of them but not as much use as i'd like and often relegated to 'shoulder season'. This is my experience anyway and YMMV.
     
  17. archibaldleach

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    I've looked at a lot of navy jackets. I like them. If you want your blazer to be a lighter navy in the winter or RAF in the summer, that's fine. Some like high contrast looks more than others. As you said, YMMV.
     
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    Gentlemen,

    I will be visiting BnTailor next week. I am open to suggestions (pix preferred). I want a nice suit. I will have enough time for 2 fittings and they will ship me the finished product.
     
  19. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Buy me a plane ticket so I can get fitted.

    Failing that-

    What is your current suit wardrobe? (Colors/patterns)

    And what/how many suits are you going for.
     
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  20. lordsuperb

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    Look at the harrison oyster book.
     
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